The Dog Days

We got Emily when I was in the fifth grade. My tears over something or other at home meant my parents dragged me along on a pre-Christmas errand to a breeder. It was supposed to be a surprise for us kids, but instead, I got to choose our puppy.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Locals braved the freezing temperatures and enjoyed an evening of singers, Santa, cookies and hot cocoa as the willow tree was illuminated and the holiday season became official.

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Around Town

On Saturday, February 6, Utah Kids Club will present their 10th Annual Winter Palooza. With vendors, rock walls, bazooka blasters, inflatables, bungee trampolines, "coconut climbing trees," balloons, rappelling ropes course, a two-man ferris wheel, laser tag, sand trailer and digging toys, mechanical bull, origami, face painting, plus superheroes, princesses and more, the Winter Palooza is the place to venture out…

The Aquarium Veterinarian

Gabby has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you go and visit her, you might notice a bit of pink on the outer edge of her shell. You see, Gabby is a loggerhead sea turtle who lives in the 280,000 gallon shark tank at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. She is swimming and eating like normal, but her…

Love Life, Live Life, Give Life

This is a true love story three times over. Two happy endings and another one in the works…hopefully. Chad and Rick Smith are identical twins and there was always a plan. When his kidneys gave out, Chad’s brother Rick would give him a kidney and the problem would be solved. But sometimes, things don’t go according to plan. Chad, who…

Pets and Their People

At five years old, Alex Witt knew he wanted a dog. “He was consistent and persistent,” says his dad. “By seven he was asking everyday.” So his parents spent two years searching for the right dog. Then they found Agis, a Chinese Shar-Pei. It’s been love ever since for the family, but especially for Alex, now 10. Despite Agis snoring,…

Off On the Right Paw

Purchasing or adopting a dog is an investment in a life. Before making such a commitment, people should take time to educate themselves on finding the right dog say Scott Minson and Darcy Phillipps, owners of Dog 2 Dog Training, a business specializing in dog-owner compatibility. This duo knows dogs and offers advice on finding one. Minson has had 31…

A Look at Ballard’s Corner

The Ballard home is long gone, razed by the city to make way for the 132nd South expansion at Fort Street. But all was not demolished. The root cellar remains, a place as important to that long-time Draper farming family as the home itself. Wayne Ballard, one of three living original family members, remembers the cellar filled with salted pork…

On The Wish List Of Lass

Bring in this magazine for 20% off one item, including first-time grooming. Owners of Red Bandana, Vicki and Vanessa, call Lass their official greeter and a "wee bonnie bairn." Come see what they have in store for you and your pets at this historic Draper mainstay.